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  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in deserved win over Morton

  • First team

    Get your tickets for St Mirren

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: Four in action

  • Club

    Keeping North Lanarkshire’s children safe

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in action on Monday

  • Women

    Women end league season in style

  • Women

    Women prepare to host Saints in final league game

  • Club

    Chris Humphrey: Motherwell made me

  • Women

    Saints test perfect preparation for final

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Alfredo Agyeman joins East Kilbride on loan

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in deserved win over Morton

    Reserves in deserved win over Morton

    Motherwell’s reserve side picked up a deserved league win on Monday, taking all three points in a 1-0 victory at home to Greenock Morton.

    Broque Watson’s goal early in the second half was decisive in a match the young Steelmen controlled for the most part.

    Stephen Craigan made six changes to the side which defeated Dunfermline Athletic in their last outing.

    Mark Gillespie, Christian Mbulu, George Newell, Conor Sammon, Danny Johnson and Akeal Rehman all dropped out. PJ Morrison, Jason Krones, Jamie Semple, Dean Cornelius, James Scott and Jake Hastie came into the side.

    For all their possession, chances in the first half were at a premium. Watson troubled the ‘Ton keeper briefly with a low shot he had to turn around the post, while Semple had a shout for a penalty turned down.

    The breakthrough would come just after the interval as the pair combined.

    Semple’s angled run from the middle took him to the left flank. Hitting the byline, his low cross back across goal was perfect for Watson to tap in from close range.

    A succession of set plays gave the youngsters a number of half chances, while substitute Alfredo Agyeman saw an effort agonizingly fall wide of the post from a deflection, after showing great pace and power to burst through.

    The Steelmen have now won three and drawn one of their opening five Reserve League matches, with their sole defeat coming at Rangers.

  • First team

    Get your tickets for St Mirren

    Get your tickets for St Mirren

    Motherwell return to Ladbrokes Premiership action with a trip to face St Mirren on Wednesday, 31 October.

    You can buy your tickets online now and pick them up at Fir Park before you travel, or buy from the ticket window at the away end of the ground in Paisley.

    Adult tickets are £22, while kids aged 12 and under go for £6. Students, the unemployed, under 18s and over 65s can get in for £12.

    Tickets purchased online can be collected from Fir Park up until 5pm on Wednesday.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: Four in action

    Loan Watch: Four in action

    Four Motherwell youngsters were in action at the weekend on loan in the Ladbrokes Championship and League Two.

    Jake Hastie got 25 minutes as Alloa Athletic held Inverness Caledonian Thistle to a goalless draw at home.

    The result keeps the Wasps within touching distance at the bottom end of the table, sitting in the play-off position but just a point behind Partick Thistle and three behind Dunfermline Athletic.

    Also in the Championship, Ross MacLean played an hour as Morton lost 5-0 at league leaders Ross County.

    In League Two, Neil McLaughlin played 75 minutes for Stirling Albion as they lost 1-0 at home to league leaders Edinburgh City.

    The youngster lined up alongside former ‘Well striker Dylan Mackin, who was making his debut for the Binos after his move from Falkirk.

    PJ Morrison was also in action for Albion Rovers, as they lost 3-0 at home to Queen’s Park.

  • Club

    Keeping North Lanarkshire’s children safe

    Keeping North Lanarkshire’s children safe

    Players and staff at Motherwell Football Club’s youth academy, together with the North Lanarkshire Child Protection Committee, are working together to raise awareness about what we can all do to help keep North Lanarkshire’s children and young people safe.

    We can all play our part by helping to make our communities safe nurturing places for all children to grow up in. Listening to what children say to us and taking any worries they have seriously helps children feel valued and respected, and encourages them to speak up if they don’t feel safe.

    The long-established partnership sees the youth academy continue to back the child protection message by displaying the Child Protection Committee logo on their tops throughout the season.

    The club will also display prominent child protection messages around Fir Park, as well as information on how to report concerns. Motherwell will also promote important child protection messages through their social media and digital channels.

    “We are delighted to continue our partnership between our academy and the Child Protection Committee,” Suzanne Reid, head of commercial and marketing at Motherwell FC, said.

    “Our particular focus this year will be on keeping children safe online, especially in the area of social media.

    “Our first team and academy players and coaches will work to spread the message of internet safety across our local area.”

    Marian Martin, chair of the North Lanarkshire Child Protection Committee, added: ”Protecting our children from abuse, neglect and exploitation, whether online or in our communities, is everyone’s responsibility.

    “We want to make sure that everyone understands what to look out for and is confident that they can talk to someone who can help, if they are worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person.

    “Working with the academy at Motherwell Football Club, we can extend the reach of our message amongst those who might not otherwise hear it.”

    If you are worried about something that is happening to your child or a child you know, please speak out.

    You can contact a child’s health visitor or teacher, or contact the locality social work office or Police Scotland. All information shared is treated seriously and the first priority will always be to make sure the child is safe.

    For more information go to northlan.gov.uk/childprotection.

    Contacts

    Childline – 0800 1111 (free 24 hour service), childline.org.uk

    Parentline – 08000 28 22 33 (free to call 9am-9pm Mon – Fri and 9am-12pm Sat – Sun), children1st.org.uk/help-for-families/parentline-scotland

    CELCIS Protecting Children – celcis.org/our-work/protecting-children

    Think u Know, an education programme for children, young people parents and workers – thinkuknow.co.uk

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in action on Monday

    Reserves in action on Monday

    Motherwell’s reserves side resume league action on Monday, as they host Greenock Morton.

    Stephen Craigan’s side welcome the Ton to Forthbank Stadium in Stirling in the SPFL Reserve League. Kick off is at 2pm.

    Entry to the game is free. The two sides face each other for the first time in November, with the Steelmen making the trip to Cappielow later in the month on SPFL Reserve League Cup duty.

    Both sides are currently level on points in the table after four games, having both won two and drawn one. Morton sit ahead in fifth place with a superior goal difference.

  • Women

    Women end league season in style

    Women end league season in style

    Motherwell rounded off their outstanding SWPL 2 campaign with a 5-1 victory over St Johnstone at Braidhurst.

    The women of steel scored an incredible 90 goals in 21 league matches during a superb season and the champions finished 21 points ahead of nearest rivals Kilmarnock.

    Donald Jennow’s side can now look forward to the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup final against Hibs, after a convincing win in which the three points were rarely in doubt.

    The hosts were forced into an early change when Kerry Montgomery hobbled off to be replaced by Lesley Condie and the substitute almost opened the scoring on 10 minutes when she headed wide Katey Turner’s cross.

    The hosts would break the deadlock six minutes later, courtesy of an unlikely source.

    Ashley Nicolson has been a rock at the heart of the Motherwell defence throughout the season, but she had failed to add her name to the scoresheet until she reacted quickest to pounce on Kirsty McLaughlin’s delivery and smashed the ball high beyond Rebecca Cameron.

    After taking the lead, Jennow’s side were clearly buoyed and what would follow in the next four minutes effectively ended the match as a contest.

    Turner, who was causing all sorts of problems for the Saints defence, sent across a tantalising delivery and Amy Henderson’s sliced clearance found the corner of her own net.

    On 20 minutes it was 3-0. Hayley Cunningham’s corner with perfect and Suzanne Mulvey leapt to head the ball home.

    Motherwell looked determined not to let their levels drop and Sammy Hare passed up two opportunities, before adding her name to the scoresheet with three minutes remaining in the first half.

    Turner took on her marker, before cutting the ball across the face of goal and Hare made no mistake from close range.

    To their credit, St Johnstone didn’t let their heads drop and they got a goal back early in the second half when Rhianna Tweedie’s shot looped over the head of Kendall Welsh and found the net.

    A series of substitutions for both sides broke up the rhythm of the second half, but it was Motherwell who continued to enjoy the better of the chances.

    The final goal of the game came when two substitutes combined. Caitlin Russell’s cross slipped through the grasp of the Saints keeper and Susan Fairlie was left with the simple task of tapping the ball into the net from a yard out.

    Emma Black almost got in on the scoring act with a deft chip, but she would see her effort land on the top of the goal in what would prove to be the last incident of note in the match.

    The women of steel will now bid to clinch a double in next Sunday’s Scottish Cup final at Firhill.

  • Women

    Women prepare to host Saints in final league game

    Women prepare to host Saints in final league game

    Motherwell will end their record breaking SWPL 2 campaign on Sunday, when they host St Johnstone at Braidhurst Academy.

    The women of steel defeated Glasgow Girls last weekend to move on to 53 points for the season and surpass Forfar Farmington’s previous league record of 52.

    With the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup final against Hibernian firmly on the horizon, Donald Jennow will be looking for a big performance from his side and may also use the occasion to hand game time to some of his fringe players pushing for a place on the big day.

    Kick off at Braidhurst Academy in Motherwell is at 2pm. Entry to watch the game is free.

    The Visitors

    St Johnstone will visit Braidhurst hoping for a change in fortunes, having lost their three previous meetings with ‘Well.

    While they have failed to get the better of Motherwell so far this season, Jason McCrindle’s side have represented a stern test on each occasion, especially in the previous two clashes in which a single goal has separated the teams.

    Saints currently sit fourth in the table and behind Hearts only on goal difference. Should they avoid defeat against the champions, they will surpass their points total of 31 from last season.

    Form Guide

    Motherwell last five:

    • W – Glasgow Girls 3-2
    • W – Spartans 3-1
    • D – Hearts 1-1
    • W – Aberdeen 4-0
    • W – St Johnstone 1-0

    St Johnstone last five:

    • D – Kilmarnock 2-2
    • L – EUHV – 2-0
    • W – Glasgow Girls 3-0
    • L – Motherwell 1-0
    • L – Hearts 0-2
    Last Meeting

    St Johnstone 0-1 Motherwell, SSE Scottish Women’s Cup, 16 September 2018

    Motherwell booked their place in the semi-final of the SSE Women’s Scottish Cup with a hard fought 1-0 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

    Megan Burns bravely headed home the only goal after 10 minutes and despite finding themselves on the back foot for much of the second half, the ‘Well defence held firm to book their place in the last four.

    What They Said

    Katey Turner believes the meeting with St Johnstone will provide perfect preparation ahead of the Scottish Cup final clash with Hibs and insists it’s important that performance levels don’t drop.

    “It’s absolutely vital that we go out and get the three points at the weekend,” the new signing said. “A good performance will stand us in good stead to go on and compete in the final, we’ve got to be ready to raise our levels, so we can go out and compete at the highest level.”

    ‘Well head coach Donald Jennow has paid tribute to his players following an excellent league campaign and called for an improved performance after a below-par display against Glasgow Girls.

    “I’m delighted to be talking about this game as the second last of our season,” he said. “The players have grown as individuals and as a group and deservedly close out the season as league champions.

    “Since I took over there have been some good performances and some that fell below our standards, last week was one of the latter but given the mentality of the players we have I fully expect them to react positively against St Johnstone.

    “St Johnstone have given us some of our toughest games this season and so if we want to finish our league campaign off properly we will need to perform well.”

    Follow the action

    If you can’t make it along to Braidhurst, you can follow @MotherwellLFC on Twitter for team news, live updates, goal highlights and action shots from the match.

  • Club

    Chris Humphrey: Motherwell made me

    Chris Humphrey made a visit to Fir Park on Friday to reflect on his career with the Steelmen.

    The winger announced his retirement in October through injury, before returning to the game with Lowland League side East Kilbride.

  • Women

    Saints test perfect preparation for final

    Saints test perfect preparation for final

    Katey Turner believes the warm welcome from her new Motherwell team mates has allowed her to make an instant impact with the women of steel.

    The former Hibs attacker came off the bench to set up the decisive goal in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup win over Spartans, before marking her league debut with a goal and two assists as ‘Well defeated Glasgow Girls 3-2.

    Turner is now hoping to continue her excellent start when St Johnstone visit Braidhurst on Sunday for their final SWPL2 fixture of the season and has stressed the importance of the game in building her match sharpness.

    “It’s been a really good first few weeks here,” she said. “The girls have been very welcoming and that’s made the transition easy.

    “I hadn’t been in a team environment for a few months, but they’ve made me feel very comfortable.

    “You can be as fit as you possibly can be, but match sharpness is a totally different ball game.

    “I played the 90 minutes against Glasgow Girls and hopefully I can get more game time against St Johnstone.

    “These games are going to be absolutely vital for me in building up my match fitness.

    “My aim coming in was to make a positive impact, I’ve put as much effort in as possible and I think that’s paid off.”

    Motherwell will have the opportunity to conclude what has been a fantastic league campaign in style when they host Saints on Sunday.

    Donald Jennow’s side have an 18-point lead over nearest rivals Kilmarnock and have set a record SWPL 2 points total with one game to spare.

    It’s an encounter that Turner believes will provide perfect preparation ahead of their Scottish Cup final clash with Hibs and insists it’s important that performance levels don’t drop.

    “It’s absolutely vital that we go out and get the three points at the weekend,” the 20-year-old added.

    “A good performance will stand us in good stead to go on and compete in the final, we’ve got to be ready to raise our levels, so we can go out and compete at the highest level.”

    Having had three different spells with Hibs, Turner is well versed on the qualities the Edinburgh side possess.

    She admits coming up against her former team mates is a challenge that excites her and an occasion where she is keen to show demonstrate her qualities.

    “It’ll be a strange one, they were my last club before joining Motherwell and I know a lot of the girls really well,” said Turner.

    “It’s all about going out there, trying to prove yourself and hopefully we can come out on top.

    “The Scottish Cup final is the best we could have wished for and it’s very exciting for us all to be preparing to give it our best choice shot against Hibs.

    “It would be great to have a big support and a good atmosphere for the final.

    “The women’s game has come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of years and the media coverage has increased, there’s so many positives right now.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Alfredo Agyeman joins East Kilbride on loan

    Alfredo Agyeman joins East Kilbride on loan

    Talented youngster Alfredo Agyeman has joined East Kilbride on loan.

    The forward has signed for the Lowland League side until January, and will go straight into the side to face Civil Service Strollers on Saturday.

    Agyeman will join ex-Well winger Chris Humphrey with the Kilby, as they push for promotion to the SPFL.

    Currently joint top of their division with Spartans, they narrowly missed out on reaching League Two in the 2016/17 season, when they lost in the play-off to Cowdenbeath.

    Agyeman, who was born in Ghana and holds Italian citizenship, is yet to make a top team appearance for the Steelmen but is a regular feature with Stephen Craigan’s Reserves side.

    The 18-year-old will continue to be eligible to feature for the reserves, as well as playing for East Kilbride.